Study Shows Brain Tumors in Children Caused by Parental Pesticide Exposure


| 5/22/2013 12:00:00 PM


Tags: pesticides, cancer, brain tumor, pregnancy, risk, exposure, children, Beyond Pesticides,

Reposted with permission by Beyond Pesticides

A study released this month on termite pesticide applications reveals that women exposed within a year of pregnancy are almost twice as likely to have a child that develops a brain tumor. Research was led by Professor Elizabeth Milne, PhD., head of the cancer epidemiology group at the Telethon Institute for Child Research.

Published in Cancer Causes and Control, the article, “Exposure to Pesticides and the Risk of Childhood Brain Tumors,” studies whether exposure to pesticides a year prior to conception, during pregnancy and exposure during childhood were likely to augment the risk of brain tumors. Instead of examining household applications by homeowners, the study examines the role of pesticides applied by professional pest control applicators particularly to eradicate termites, spiders, and insects.

“The findings confirm what has been found in previous studies but we have been able to go a little bit further,” Professor Milne said. Interestingly, “The increased risk associated with termite treatments may be as high as twofold, while the increased risk with other pesticides may be about 30 percent.”

Exposure to pesticides can harm even unborn children.

The study accounted for 303 cases of those that were exposed to pesticides and 941 families that were not exposed. Data came from across Australia to account for various environmental risks and predispositions.




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